Maine Medical Center Inpatient/Outpatient Expansion Project

[music]>>SUNEELA NAYAK: Today is a very big day for us, with a total population of patients approaching 549. This is a busy day for us across all parts
of the hospital. Everything is at its max. [music]>>DR. JOEL BOTLER: Maine Medical Center has really
evolved into being the tertiary care hospital of the entire state. As that happens, the most difficult cases
come to Maine Medical Center.>>SHEILA PARKER, R.N.: The trend is our patients are getting sicker, and we don’t have the facility space to accommodate that.>>DR. BOTLER: We are working harder than ever,
to do what we need to do to take care of the patients. And we do take care of the patients optimally. It’s just this stress on our staff and on
our facilities will continue to grow.>>NURSE: Let’s go. [music]>>RICH PETERSEN: Maine Medical Center has made a commitment to be patient centered and one of the essentials of being patient centered is the facilities that you operate in. We’re very excited to be moving onto the next phase of facility planning at Maine Medical Center to live up to that commitment. [music]>>DR. HECTOR TARRAZA: These operating rooms
were built 30 years ago, but a lot has changed. We’ve got all kinds of surgical equipment
and instruments that are required here.>>NURSE: I would describe it as a very tight
obstacle course.>>DR. TARRAZA: Here’s a lot of the equipment that we’re currently using in surgery that has no place to be stored. We have to store it in the hallways. 21st century technology is really helping
us take really great care of patients. But what’s interesting is, our facility hasn’t
changed. And the time has come for it to change. [music]>>SHEILA: We’re on an adult medical surgical
unit called R2. Mostly double occupancy rooms. There are unique challenges caring for two
sick patients in one room.>>RHONDA DIPHILIPPO, R.N.: You can see how congested the foot of the bed is.>>Just getting somebody on a stretcher or a wheelchair means you have to move all the furniture in and out. It affects everybody that’s going in when in the room there’s barely enough room that you can move around.>>SHEILA: Sometimes patients are too sick
to share a room. Every day we have upwards of 50 beds that
can’t be used because of patient condition. The bed availability every day is low. And the impact of that is significant on patients who want to come here from the ED, from the OR, from other hospitals, from the doctors’ offices.>>MICHAEL BAUMANN, M.D.: We opened a new emergency department in 2009, yet our biggest constraint right now is being able to take patients that need further care in the hospital and move them into the inpatient beds. They often have to bed, or what we call “board,” down here. That means we have one less bed to move an
emergency patient through. And we then start to move into hall beds.>>CLAUDETTE MIMEAULT, R.N.: We have become busy enough that there are always patients waiting for that bed. We want the best care for every patient, every time. [music]>>SHEILA: In the Mother Baby area,
we opened that in 2008. It’s really worked very well for patients
and families, where they have privacy, they can sleep, they can have left-alone time. It’s phenomenal. [music]>>DR. TARRAZA: What a difference when we look at our Bean 2 facilities here that was open in 2015. The rooms are very spacious. We have adequate storage areas for all of
our cases.>>DR. BOTLER: The staff love the
new operating room space. It’s a whole different world.>>RICH: What really gets us excited is providing
the best possible patient care that we can. And it’s exciting that we’re entering into
this next phase, which is going to include additional beds that are desperately needed
here at Maine Medical Center. A new parking garage. We’re going to be building a new platform
here for inpatients and operative suites. This is just part of our original dream that
we had going back some 15 years ago.>>DR. BOTLER: This is really what we’re looking
for at Maine Medical Center so that we can continue to deliver the expert care that we’ve
been used to giving and we continue to do that for many years to
come. [music]

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